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Soreness lingering for Justin Verlander, Triple-A discussed for Bruce Rondon

Justin Verlander's triceps 'cramp' isn't a concern for the Tigers and Bruce Rondon may see time in Toledo. After being pulled from his start against the Toronto Blue Jays for a triceps cramp, Justin Verlander is still experiencing soreness. Verlander said he is not worried about missing his next start, nor does he expect it to be a long-term issues. The soreness may be a strain, but even if it is the Detroit Tigers and Verlander aren't concerned about it. Which is to say they'll take it one day at a time but they don't expect it to be an issue. "We kind of all assumed I'd be sore today,"...
Grand Rapids Press 21 hours ago
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus optimistic Justin Verlander will make next start despite triceps cramp

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus optimistic Justin Verlander will make next start despite triceps cramp

Brad Ausmus said his level of concern didnt change overnight. Hes remains optimistic Justin Verlander will be able to make his next scheduled start this spring. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't able to provide an immediate update on Justin Verlander when he met with reporters early Saturday. He was still awaiting official word from Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. But Ausmus said his level of concern hadn't changed overnight. He remains optimistic Verlander will be able to make his next scheduled start this spring. "Anytime a...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 27, 2015
Analysis: Justin Verlander might be just fine, but time will tell whether Tigers have dodged bullet

Analysis: Justin Verlander might be just fine, but time will tell whether Tigers have dodged bullet

The triceps muscle issue that forced Verlander from the game could very well turn out to be a minor issue. But the Tigers are not out of the woods yet. Watch video DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Justin Verlander felt like he had his best stuff in a long, long time. Pitching coach Jeff Jones agreed. So did Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. But how soon will Verlander get to see if he can build upon the positive but abbreviated outing he had Friday afternoon? The Tigers announced less than 25 minutes after Verlander left his team's 4-1 rain-shortened loss...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 27, 2015

Justin Verlander: 'My tricep kind of grabbed on me a little bit'

Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander describes the cramping of his right triceps muscle that forced him to leave his start early Friday afternoon.
Grand Rapids Press Mar 27, 2015
Blue Jays 4, Tigers 1: Justin Verlander leaves early with cramp in rain-shortened loss

Blue Jays 4, Tigers 1: Justin Verlander leaves early with cramp in rain-shortened loss

Verlander was pleased with his stuff before leaving with cramping: Thats where I want to be. Those first two innings are a great sign. DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The game ended early. But Justin Verlander still didn't come near pitching until the end of it. Verlander left the game in the third inning Friday afternoon due to cramping in his right triceps muscle. The Tigers suffered a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in a game that was called after five innings due to rain. Verlander threw the ball well for the first two innings and said he felt great about his stuff to...
Bless You Boys Mar 27, 2015

Justin Verlander leaves Tigers-Jays game with right triceps cramp

The Tigers' starter came out of the game in the third inning after pointing at his right biceps. Justin Verlander was removed in the third inning of the Tigers' game against the Blue Jays on Friday in Dunedin after suffering an injury. The Tigers say it was a "cramp" in his right triceps. He will be further evaluated in Lakeland later in the day. The Tigers do not anticipate him missing his next start. But for the team and fans both, the injury had to be frightening for a few minutes. Verlander came off the mound to cover first base on a ground ball hit by Ryan Goings. He showed a bit of...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 27, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander leaves game in third inning due to apparent injury

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander leaves game in third inning due to apparent injury

Verlander took the throw from first baseman Alex Avila on a groundout to first and ran across the bag before returning to the mound. A few minutes later, he was removed from the game. DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The rain didn't cut Justin Verlander's start short. An injury did. Verlander left the game Friday afternoon between the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays with two outs in the third inning after apparently suffering an injury while covering first base. Ryan Goins grounded out to first base for the second out of the inning. Verlander took the throw from first...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
Analysis: Dollars, common sense say it is unlikely Detroit Tigers, David Price will reach deal soon

Analysis: Dollars, common sense say it is unlikely Detroit Tigers, David Price will reach deal soon

Its pretty clear that the Tigers would have to be extremely generous right now to make the kind of offer that would convince Price to bypass free agency. In turn, Price would have to be very generous to accept an offer well below his market value. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Should the Detroit Tigers commit the amount of money it would take to convince David Price to sign an extension now and bypass free agency next offseason? That is a question for another day. It's subjective. The answer depends on a number of issues, many of them unknown. How will Justin Verlander...
CSN Washington Mar 22, 2015

Nationals rough up Detroit's Verlander in 7-7 tie

The Nationals hit three homers off Justin Verlander in Sunday's 7-7 tie with the Tigers.
Grand Rapids Press Mar 22, 2015
Tigers 7, Nationals 7: Miguel Cabrera singles in debut; Justin Verlander surrenders three HRs

Tigers 7, Nationals 7: Miguel Cabrera singles in debut; Justin Verlander surrenders three HRs

Cabrera struck out in his first two at-bats before lining a single to left-center. Verlander allowed five runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. LAKELAND, Fla. -- It took a few at-bats for Miguel Cabrera to find his groove. Justin Verlander never really seemed to find his. Cabrera singled in his third at-bat Sunday afternoon and Verlander got roughed up for three home runs in a 7-7 tie with the Washington Nationals. J.D. Martinez hit his team-leading fifth home run, a two-run shot, for the Tigers. Alex Avila hit a two-run home run for the Tigers, while Wade...
Bless You Boys Mar 22, 2015

Tigers player preview: Where will Kyle Lobstein pitch in 2015?

Lobstein was a big part of the Tigers' division title run in 2014, but will he crack the Opening Day roster in 2015? The Tigers' rotation was in trouble late in the 2014 season. With Justin Verlander not pitching well and Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list, the Tigers were looking to the minor leagues for pitching depth. Robbie Ray had a couple of solid starts in May, but faltered in a late season call-up. Buck Farmer looked good in the first few innings of his MLB debut, but quickly found himself in over his head. The two combined to allow 11 runs in consecutive starts against the...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 20, 2015
Rotation set for first week of season; Alfredo Simon to pitch against Indians in their home opener

Rotation set for first week of season; Alfredo Simon to pitch against Indians in their home opener

The Tigers will send David Price, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez to the mound in their season-opening series against the Minnesota Twins. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brad Ausmus announced Friday morning that David Price will start on opening day for the Detroit Tigers. On Friday afternoon, he said how the rest of his rotation would stack up for the first week or so of the season. After opening day at Comerica Park, the Tigers will participate in two more home openers with Alfredo Simon and Justin Verlander taking the mound in those games at Cleveland and...
Bless You Boys Mar 20, 2015

David Price named Detroit Tigers Opening Day starter

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made a surprising move Friday morning, naming David Price the Opening Day starter over Justin Verlander. Friday morning Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced that left-handed pitcher David Price will get the nod for Opening Day. Justin Verlander's streak of consecutive Opening Day starts is over. This will be the fourth Opening Day start of Price's career, the other three coming as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Ausmus made the right call in naming Price the starter. Verlander was at seven straight seasons and he would've needed another four just to tie...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 20, 2015
Justin Verlander understands why his streak of starting openers is ending: 'I know I didn't earn it'

Justin Verlander understands why his streak of starting openers is ending: 'I know I didn't earn it'

A string of seven consecutive opening day starts for Verlander will come to an end April 6 when Price takes the mound at Comerica Park against the Minnesota Twins. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Verlander would much rather be a pitcher than a spectator on opening day. But he said he understands entirely why Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus passed over him for David Price as the opening day starter. "I want to earn opening day," Verlander said. "I don't want to be handed opening day. ... I know I didn't earn it." A string of seven consecutive opening day starts for...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus on choosing David Price for opening day: 'It was not an easy decision'

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus on choosing David Price for opening day: 'It was not an easy decision'

When asked questions about the decision, Ausmus wouldnt get into giving weight to each individual factor. But he did discuss the decision a bit. Here is what he had to say. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brad Ausmus said he considered every possible factor he could before choosing David Price over Justin Verlander to start opening day. When asked questions about the decision, Ausmus wouldn't get into giving weight to each individual factor. But he did discuss the decision a bit. Here is what he had to say: On choosing Price this season but not Max Scherzer last...

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